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Evercore appoints senior adviser for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey

Waleed El-Amir has joined Evercore’s investment banking business as a senior adviser for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

Evercore expects to open a new office in Dubai early in the second quarter of 2017. 
El-Amir has over 20 years of experience in international finance, having held senior leadership positions in North America, Europe and the Middle East across corporate banking, investment banking and treasury and has been involved in helping raise over USD200 billion in the equity and debt capital markets for his clients.
Most recently, El-Amir was head of group finance at UniCredit, where he was responsible for the group's funding, capital solutions, treasury, liquidity, ratings, interest rate and FX risk.
Prior to that, El-Amir was at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for over 16 years where he advised on many of the landmark transactions in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey including the USD5 billion IPO of Dubai Ports World, the sale of a stake in Santander Brazil to QIA, the sale of a stake in RHB by ADCB, the sale of Denizbank to Sberbank, the acquisition of Cegelec by Qatari Diar, and the acquisition by DIC of a stake in Och-Ziff.
In addition, El-Amir was involved in IPOs and add-on equity offerings for Solidere, MIBank, BLOM, Hikma, Gulf Finance House and First City Monument Bank, and he has advised a number of governments or government entities in the region, including the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Central Bank of Tunisia and the Republics of Lebanon, South Africa and Turkey on debt issuance.
Ralph Schlosstein, Evercore's president and chief executive officer, says: "We are delighted to have a banker with Waleed's track record and substantial experience join Evercore. Waleed will help us to further develop our capabilities in this important growth region to which we are highly committed. I have known Waleed for many years, and he is exceptionally well suited to our business model of providing senior level high value-added, differentiated advice to our clients."
Andrew Sibbald, Evercore's vice chairman and CEO of EMEA investment banking, says: "Evercore has been active and successful in the Middle East for some years but the hiring of Waleed and the opening up of a new office in Dubai demonstrate our commitment to the region and will allow us to further enhance the service and advice that we provide to our clients. Waleed's global experience across M&A, equity and debt capital markets combined with his local knowledge will be invaluable to our business as we expand in the region."
El-Amir says: "Evercore's extraordinary focus on client service and on providing high-quality, independent advice is well-known in the marketplace. This, combined with the fact that I have known several members of the Evercore senior team for many years, means that I am excited and proud to join the team. I look forward to working with clients and supporting Evercore's growth in the region."

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